Interpreting wind damage risk : how multifunctional forest management impacts standing timber at risk of wind felling
Potterf, M., Eyvindson, K., Blattert, C., Burgas, D., Burner, R., Stephan, J. G., & Mönkkönen, M. (2022). Interpreting wind damage risk : how multifunctional forest management impacts standing timber at risk of wind felling. European Journal of Forest Research, 141(2), 347-361. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10342-022-01442-y
Published inEuropean Journal of Forest Research
DisciplineEkologia ja evoluutiobiologiaResurssiviisausyhteisöEcology and Evolutionary BiologySchool of Resource Wisdom
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Landscape multifunctionality, a widely accepted challenge for boreal forests, aims to simultaneously provide timber, non-timber ecosystem services, and shelter for biodiversity. However, multifunctionality requires the use of novel forest management regimes optimally combined over the landscape, and an increased share of sets asides. It remains unclear how this combination will shape stand vulnerability to wind disturbances and exposed timber volume. We combined forest growth simulations and multi-objective optimization to create alternative landscape level forest management scenarios. Management choices were restricted to 1) rotation forestry, 2) continuous cover forestry, and 3) all regimes allowed over a harvest intensity gradient from completely set aside landscapes to maximal economic gain. Estimates for the stands’ structural and environmental characteristics were used to predict the stand level wind damage probability. We evaluated averaged wind-exposed standing timber volume and changing forest structure under management scenarios. Intensive rotation forestry reduced tree heights and wind damage risk, but also reduced landscape multifunctionality. Conversely, continuous cover forestry maintained multifunctionality but increased wind damage probability due to taller trees and higher thinning frequency. Overall, continuous cover forestry lowers the total volume of wind exposed timber at any given time compared with rotation forestry. Nevertheless, a selective application of rotation forestry contributes to high economic gains and increases landscape heterogeneity. A combination of management approaches across landscapes provides an efficient way to reduce the amount of wind-exposed timber volume while also increasing habitat for vertebrate and non-vertebrate species and satisfying high timber demands. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Joint International Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingOpen Access funding provided by University of Jyväskylä (JYU). This research was funded by the 2017–2018 Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA joint call for research proposals, under the BiodivScen ERA-Net COFUND program BioESSHealth: Scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem services acknowledging health (grant no. 295621), Forest Values project MultiForest—Management for multifunctionality in European forests in the era of bioeconomy. ...
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